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in an >> not to mention a lot of law firms and things that were down here as well, had a lot of documents, old documents that were downstairs. >> we're still really figuring out what the impact of sandy was. >> a terrific article about stockton today, housing shortages happening in very strange areas, that was in bloomberg.com. the claims are still okay. they're not terrible. gdp was not bad. that's why again, if you settle the fiscal cliff, right now there's a combination of trying to pick up the pieces, which turn out to be harder and a sense of, well, wait a second, if you're a big company, why hire now if i'm going to have to fire later because of the cliff. >> in the premarket session, shares of tiffany taking a hit. the luxury goods taking a hit at 49 cents a share. also lowing it's full year forecast, with smaller than expected profit margins, it's a bad product mix in terms of higher priced items with lower margins. all of those things hitting them this morning. >> i really want to know, we have got two companies today that i regard as being poor exporters. tiffany and kohl's. retail retailers,
. as i said, there's been a coordinated crackdown around the world of anti-bribery law in the u.k. and a big run in russia. corruption is everywhere. >> why isn't the united states further up the ranking? >> part of the problem and united states is always ranked around this area below top 10%. what they say is a lot of it has to do with just corruption not being enough of a priority. they say that the financial crisis changed some of that and people are starting to pay attention and citing a poll that 80% of americans believe that the financial crisis was the result of some public corruption. so it's more in the consciousness there and that affects the perception. it still has a long way to go. >> fascinating. thanks very much. >>> still ahead this morning, we've seen a wide range of companies unloading special dividends this quarter. have the nonissuing companies now made the wrong move. we'll take a deeper dive into that and talk about names that have yet to declare one and what it means for them ahead of the fiscal cliff. try running four.ning a restaurant is hard, fortunatel
taxable but not under a tax relief law passed five years ago that, yes, expires at the end of next month. if it is not extended because of the fiscal cliff, debt relief will become taxable again and that will affect thousands and thousands of short sales and principal reduction loan modifications many under the big robo signing mortgage settlement. that settlement is why short sales have skyrocketed, surpassing foreclosure sales last june and keep on going. in nevada they made up 40% of october sales up from 34% a year ago. that according to lps home price index. now bank of america alone has done over 100,000 short sales so far this year. and i spoke to a rep there who says they are well aware of the potential looming tax risks as are their customers. they say they would love to ramp up short sales but they're already doing them as fast as they can. i ask what happens if the tax relief is not extended? the source told me i would expect we start to get more customers saying i've talked to my tax adviser and i'm going to opt out of that short sale and we'll just take it to foreclosure. an
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